Shikiya named CFO of Shine Group Americas

Shine Group Americas has made a quartet of exec moves, including the appointment of Steve Shikiya as chief financial officer.

Lee Rierson has been promoted to chief of business operations and legal, while David Kekst has joined Shine-owned Reveille as exec VP of business operations and legal.

In addition, longtime Shine Group exec Chris Fry will become Shine Group Americas strategy and finance veep, based in Shine Group’s London office.

“Having worked with Steve at Fox Television Studios, I’m extremely confident in his entrepreneurial approach and his tremendous experience,” said Shine Group Americas CEO Emiliano Calemzuk. “Lee, in turn, has seen Reveille through a remarkable phase of growth over the last several years, and has an impressive knowledge of the business.

“Each of these gentlemen also has a deep understanding of what is required to create an environment that enables a business and its people to operate on all cylinders. With their tenacity and proven experience, we now have a core management team in place to focus on creating the businesses that will drive Shine Group America’s next phase of expansion in the U.S., Latin American and Canadian markets.”

At Fox TV Studios, Shikiya oversaw financial operations, corporate business development and digital strategies as exec veep of finance and strategy. His previous work includes global strategic planning and business development activities for Fox Filmed Entertainment, where he also oversaw the studio’s deal analysis efforts for motion pictures.

He has also held senior management positions at MGM Studios, Launch Media, Universal Studios, Disney and Arthur Andersen.

Rierson had been Reveille managing director and head of worldwide business operations, helping guide the company as the independent producer took its place in the Shine Group fold. Kekst, a former senior veep and general counsel at William Morris and then CEO of Cosmic Toast Studios, will assume most of Rierson’s former responsibilities.

“David’s experience makes him the ideal candidate to further Reveille’s growth by nurturing the businesses that underpin our slate of television shows, digital properties and branded entertainment,” Rierson said. “I’m thrilled he accepted the position and am excited to work with him and support him in these efforts.”

The appointments come less than a month after Carl Fennessy became Shine USA chief exec and Mark Fennessy became Shine Network president. The Fennessy brothers continue to share the title of Shine Australia CEO.

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